Anyway, I have better uses of my time than to waste another minute with you.
Just troll people with the question mark.
We knew what was going on when you ran your anti-IBM campaign, sometimes even positioning yourself as arguing on behalf of our community. It was a way to lend credence to IBM and MS arguments during the SCO issue. To state otherwise is deceptive, perhaps even self-deceptive.
Florian, you would not be devoting all of this text to explaining yourself if you didn't feel the need to paint your actions in a positive light. That comes from guilt, whether you admit it to yourself or not.
Go write your app, and if you actually get to make any money with it you can give thanks, because it will happen despite what you worked for previously. Keep a low profile otherwise because your credibility is well and truly blown and you can only make things worse. And maybe someday you can really move past this part of your life. But I am not holding out much hope.
Nice to see breakthrough research like this coming from a single-payer healthcare system like the UK. When people start saying that the only places that can afford groundbreaking medical research are the ones where the "customers" pay a fortune, it'll be good to be able to point them to things like this.
You don't buy expensive, power-hungry [hard]ware that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours.
But he is planning to do conversions over and over, one after another, handling problems as they occur. As such, one of his goals is that the conversion be as speedy as possible, and he specifically said that he doesn't want to share a CPU with other cloud users. He wants one fast CPU devoted 100% to his project.
It would make sense to at least test the whole concept in the cloud before buying hardware. That costs almost nothing to do, and then it can point you to just what you need in a server.
It seems like most of the proposals on that website are MORE MORE MORE of everything. What about RAM? 64GB, ECC! What about disk? 4 250GB SSDs in RAID10! What about multi-thread? Gotta have 16 cores! What about single-thread? Better make that dual Xeons so that we can use the ECC RAM and since those are the best! Does it need fancy graphics? Nope, so we better build a second system to use as a console for the big one so that it can be put in another room so that you don't hear the hurricane of fans! Wait, noise? Ok, scratch that, let's buy some big fancy cooling rigs even though we aren't overclocking so that it is as quiet as a mouse, but let's still build that second console!
Why not at least profile the thing in the cloud and figure out what you really need?
Because he's looking to open it as a conversion server for pretty much anyone that wants to use it on an ongoing basis - which means that CapEx is a much better solution.
Let's assume that a conversion takes 5 hours on EC2 at 25 cents/hour. Do we really think that there are 2000 repositories out there that need to be converted?
And if there are, then wouldn't it be nice to be able to convert them 10 at a time instead of doing them sequentially?
This is really a model case for a cloud solution.
I've said that same thing before. I happen to BE competent professional in certain security matters, so that affects my point of view.
On the other hand, the most popular locks, Kwikset and Master lock, are obviously not designed to be secure against a knowledgeable or determined advesary. They are designed to discourage your neighbor from casually getting into your stuff, and that's pretty clear from looking at the product and feeling how lightweight it is. Maybe that's what people want most of the time - a lock sufficient to make it rather inconvenient for the average person to walk in, not something that's going to keep the locksmith out when you lose your key.
My front door has a pretty decent kwikset lock that I can personally pick. But the door also has a window large enough to walk through in addition to a window on each side.
Unless you have a solid steel door the lock isn't relevant.
The CFAA has an exception for law enforcement operations and criminal investigations.
(f) This section does not prohibit any lawfully authorized investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States.
So Clojure is not an interesting Lisp-like language? BTW there is a smalltalk for the JVM: http://www.redline.st/discover...
So, I see this as rationalization.
The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.
You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.
So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.
And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.
Meh, it's easy to find people with skill. With values, OTOH...
You have a point.